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Experts in Treating Foot and Leg pain
At some point during our lives, research shows that we all will suffer from various foot and leg pain that will affect us in some way. From the time we start standing on our feet and learn to walk, our feet endure three imperative tasks: they stabilize your body while weight bearing, walk, or run; they support you in moving from point A to point B; and they help guard your bones and connective tissues from harmful shock stress as you move. Being overweight, having anatomical defects in the foot or leg which are minor, or suffering injuries will all contribute to added stress to the foot and body. So even though twenty five percent of all bones in your body are in your feet, having to achieve these demanding tasks on a daily basis may (and usually does) lead to various foot, leg or ankle pain and dysfunction or other musculoskeletal condition.
Most Common Foot and Leg Conditions
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia—the thick, ligamentous band that runs from the ball of the foot to the calcaneus (heel) and provides support to the arch of the foot. This inflammation takes place as a result of continuous micro tears to the plantar fascia from activities that place an extraordinary amount of stress on the band, which causes it to deteriorate and leads to pain and discomfort of the bottom of the foot when weight bearing.
Plantar fasciitis commonly manifests by a feeling of sharp pain at the beginning of a weight bearing activity or with the initial couple steps in the morning coming out of bed. This pain, characteristically felt on the heel and occasionally referring along the bottom of the foot, steadily decreases to a dull ache. Often times, Custom Orthotic Stabilizers can provide long lasting relief and functional stability.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
- People over 30 years of age
- Excessive running or physical activity while weight bearing
- Overweight and Obesity
- Constant change from high heel to flat shoes
- Jobs that involve standing on firm surfaces
- Flat feet
- High medial arches of the feet
- Achilles tendon tightness
Concept Chiropractic and Rehab has continually had great success with treating and managing Plantar Fasciitis and other related disorders. During your initial evaluation and exam, the doctor will analyze and measure your leg length. Pending further evaluation, your feet will be optically scanned and fitted for custom foot orthotics. The treatment program will also help you develop strength and flexibility of the foot and ankle muscles, in addition to restoring proper range of motion to the Achilles tendon.
The ankle joint is the most frequently injured joint in the body. In hospital emergency rooms, sprained ankles are the most frequently seen musculoskeletal injury. Athletes and anyone participating in any weight bearing aerobics or sporting activity are always prone to ankle injuries.
The subsequent effect on the body from ankle injuries can be harmful. Often when recovering from a foot or ankle injury, weight bearing is often not recommended. This may be for a period of time depending on the severity of the injury. This period while not weight bearing may throw off the biomechanics of gait, once recovered, and put an unusual amount of stress on the pelvis and low back, due to overcompensation, when weight bearing activities resume.
How can Concept Chiropractic and Rehab help with my Ankle Pain?
Your treatment program at Concept Chiropractic and Rehab will largely depend on how severe your injury is, how rapidly the injury looked, and the results of the examination which may include X-ray analysis to rule out fractures or dislocations. The treatment plan will focus on eliminating pain and reducing swelling (if any), range of motion restoration, stabilizing the joint, and strengthening the supportive musculature to help prevent reinjuring the joint.
The success of your treatment program is highly dependent on how compliant you are with your visits, how adherent you are to following the doctor’s recommendations, and how active you are in your own recovery process.
Shin splints is generally a painful condition of the shin area commonly associated with repetitive overuse activities. This condition is characterized by detaching of leg muscles from their bony origin. Shin splint injuries may be suffered anteriorly (in the front) or posteriorly (in the back) of the lower leg. Shin splints may worsen and progress to more serious injuries and leg conditions if left untreated or if the cause of the condition is not discovered through proper physical examination.
Is the Pain in my Leg caused by Shin Splints?
Shin splint pain starts gradually and usually occurs during and after some kind of physical activity. In its mild stages, the pain is reduced at rest, but gets worse with an increase in weight-bearing activity. The pain doesn’t radiate, but can be described as deep seated, dull, and throbbing.
However, other conditions (including the more serious stress fractures) can have similar characteristics. The best advice is to ask your healthcare professional; he or she can make a definitive diagnosis and start working with you on restoring your health.
How can Concept Chiropractic and Rehab help with my Shin Splints?
Your chiropractor at Concept Chiropractic and Rehab will thoroughly examine you to establish the source and severity of your condition. Furthermore, they will be able to rule out other lower leg injuries, such as stress fractures, which commonly imitate shin splints.
Depending on the severity and prognosis of your condition, the doctor will develop a treatment program aimed at relieving your pain, restoring normal leg function, and prevention of future reoccurrence.